The War of 1812

Find out more about the second American War of Independence.


The War of 1812: Another American Victory
The War of 1812 has often been called the Revolutionary War Part II. And in many ways, it was just that. This fun, illustrated article examines the causes, battles, and aftermath of the war.

The Burning of Washington, D.C.
The White House burned on August 25, 1814, the result of an attack by British forces during the War of 1812. It is the only time that the American capital was occupied by enemy forces. The British burned the Capitol and the Treasury and other buildings as well, forcing a mass exodus. President James Madison fled to a nearby Maryland town.

"Old Ironsides": The Unsinkable Ship
The U.S.S. Constitution, called "Old Ironsides" because shots seemed to bounce off its thick wooden hull, was a warhorse, capturing more than 24 enemy ships in the War of 1812 alone.

The War of 1812 Website
Huge site has articles, animated graphics of battles, book reviews, quizzes, and much more!

War of 1812.net
Site has great first-hand accounts, including the British version of the burning of Washington, D.C.

Biography of Isaac Brock: Hero of the War
Don't know much about Isaac Brock? Read this biography and see why he helped win the war.

Key Events and Causes of the War
Helpful table matches dates with events.

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